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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

Austrian

In Vienna’s Neubau district, a beautiful Biedermeier townhouse has been home to the Werkstätte Carl Auböck for more than 100 years. Inside the workshop, where production continues to this day, countless objects line the shelves, walls, tabletops and desktops.

The Viennese artist and designer Carl Auböck II was one of the quirkiest and most delightful and collectible of modern designers. A rather odd duck in the world of decorative arts, he was a peculiar talent whose specialties included smaller desk accessories and tabletop pieces such as corkscrews, paperweights, letter openers, bookends and bottle stoppers. He rendered these pieces in a combination of metal — most often brass — and such elemental materials as leather, knobby wood and animal horn, creating forms that could be almost Surrealist, from hands and feet to keys, birds and amoebae.

As a boy, Auböck was precocious and artistic. He studied drawing and at the same time trained in the workshop of his father, Karl Heinrich Auböck, a popular maker of traditional bronze figurines and collectibles. In 1919, Carl II went to Germany to study at the Bauhaus, where he was a pupil of the progressive artist and theorist Johannes Itten. While the Bauhaus is most associated with the rigidly ordered, functionalist architecture of its directors Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the school was in reality a liberal, spirited place — a crucible for imaginative, playful and avant-garde art and design. It was this spirit that imbued Carl II’s work from the time he left in 1921.

In 1922 or ’23, Carl Auböck II returned to Vienna to help care for his ailing father, and he took over the business. He created the Werkstätte Carl Auböck and a legacy that earned his objects cult status among collectors. The business was passed on to his descendants, who run the atelier that is still in operation today. Today, objects designed by Carl II make up 90 percent of Werkstätte Carl Auböck’s production, joined by the creations of architect and designer Carl IV, his grandson.

Vintage Auböck designs have a special character, a patina that only emphasizes how much the pieces have been loved and used. Carl Aubock II’s small furniture items — leather- or caned-sling magazine racks; free-edge wooden side tables with tubular bronze legs; wicker serving trolleys with turned beechwood wheels — are elegant and purposeful. His bijoux desktop objects, library tools, ashtrays and barware pieces evince a kind of mirthful practicality. They seem to ask: “If you need a corkscrew, or a paperweight, or a candlestick, why not make it fun as well as functional?” And indeed, why not?

Find a collection of vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors, seating, tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3844-2 Ashtray, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3844-2 ashtray, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3600-1 Ashtray "Crown", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3600-1 ashtray "Crown", Austria 2022. Also available in patinated brass.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3600-2 Ashtray "Crown", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3600-2 ashtray "Crown", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Vintage Carl Auböck Brass and Copper Floor Ashtray, Austria, Mod. 3866, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This very rare 1950s standing floor ashtray was designed by Carl Auböck and produced by Carl Auböck Wertstatten in Vienna in the 1950s. It is model number 3866. It has got a brass...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass, Copper

Carl Auböck Brass Ashtray, Model 3317, Austria 1935
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Den Haag, NL
Carl Auböck brass ashtray, model 3317, Austria 1935.
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1930s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Aubock Midcentury Black Cast Iron or Ashtray Bowl, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful modernist metal bowl or ashtray, made of grey or black cast iron from the 1950s. Designed and manufactured by Carl Aubock in Austria. In very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brass Copper Carl Auböck Standing Ashtray Vienna 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage brass and copper standing ashtray, which was designed by Carl Auböck and manufactured by Workshop Carl Auböck, Vienna, circa 1950. This beautiful and very ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass, Copper

Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck ashtray, Austria, 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Pipe Holder by Carl Aubock, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Beograd, RS
This beautiful Mid-Century Modern pipe holder or cigar ashtray was designed by Carl Aubock in 1948, one of the most significant architects and designers of 20th Century. It features ...
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1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck II, Rare Mid-Century Modern Ashtray Paperweight Object
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Rare Mid-Century Modern ashtray paperweight object, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4610 Ashtray, Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4610 ashtray, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck Ashtray "Marked by Auböck"
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Wien, AT
Carl Auböck ashtray "Marked by Auböck" Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Aubock Ashtray and Cigar Extinguisher #3514
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Chalk Hill, PA
Carl Aubock ashtray and cigar Extinguisher #3514. This beautiful polished brass ashtray and extinguisher will make the perfect addition to the collection of any cigar aficionado. Des...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Vintage Carl Auböck Brass and Copper Floor Ashtray, Austria, 1954
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This very rare 1950s standing floor ashtray was designed by Carl Auböck and produced by Carl Auböck Wertstatten in Vienna in the 1950s. It has got a brass stand and a removable co...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass, Copper

Carl Auböck #3979 Ashtray "Organic", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3979 ashtray "Organic", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3431 Ashtray "Leaf", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3431 ashtray "Leaf", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3904-2 Ashtray, Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3904-2 ashtray, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4609 Ashtray, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4609 Ashtray, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4483 Ashtray "Triangle", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4483 ashtray "triangle", Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4482 Ashtray Square, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4482 Ashtray square, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4082 Ashtray, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4082 ashtray, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4206-C Ashtray, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4206-C ashtray, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck Ashtray #4206-A, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Ashtray #4206-A, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck #5556-2 Ashtray "Tune In", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #5556-2 ashtray "Tune In", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Aluminum

Carl Auböck #5556-1 Ashtray "Turn On", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #5556-1 ashtray "Turn On", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Aluminum

Carl Auböck Midcentury Brass Shovel Ashtray with Handle, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A very beautiful and solid polished brass modernist ashtray with handle in the shape of a shovel, designed and executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. Marked. In good condition with pa...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Solid Brass Leaf Ashtray by Auböck, 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Original vintage solid brass ashtray in the shape of a leaf, by Carl Auböck 1950. Production number 3141, pictured in the Book "Die Kataloge der Werkstätte Carl Auböck 1925-1975" p....
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Ashtray by Auböck 'Marked', circa 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Wien, AT
Ashtray by Auböck (Marked), circa 1960s Bamboo handle Original condition.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck Cylindrical Brass Pot Cigarette Box and Ashtray, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck cylindrical brass pot cigarette box and ashtray, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Rare Carl Auböck Early Post War Unknown Alloy Cast Ashtray with Biomorphic Shape
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A vintage cast metal alloy ashtray with a very tactile and visually satisfying biomorphic shape made by the Werkstatte Carl Auböck, Vienna, soon after World War Two. The ashtray is c...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Metal

Vintage 1950s Brass Ostrich Leather Coin Tray by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A vintage 1950s brass ashtray and Ostrich leather coin tray designed and made by Carl Auböck II in Vienna, Austria. The petite dish is cylindrical in shape. The leather clad base mak...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Carl Auböck 'Carolus VI' Brass Bottle Opener
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
Cast brass bottle opener by the Auböck Werkstätte, Vienna, circa 1960. The piece is shaped as a coin to which the actual bottle opener is attached; on one side of the coin stands ou...
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1950s Danish Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Ashtrays

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Brass

Werkstätte Carl Auböck ashtrays for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck ashtrays are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Werkstätte Carl Auböck ashtrays, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 7 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original ashtrays by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider ashtrays by Hertha Baller, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien and Richard Rohac if you want additional options. The prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck ashtrays can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $688 and tops out at $4,260, while pieces like these can sell for $1,800 on average..

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